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von Hildebrand: A Courageous Theologian Vehemently Opposed to Nazism

Dietrich von Hildebrand might well be remembered as one of the most important Catholic philosophers and theologians of the last century. In fact his work was so admired by Benedict XVI he once remarked, “When the intellectual history of the Catholic Church in the 20th Century is written, the name of Dietrich von Hildebrand will be most prominent among the figures of our time.” What I didn’t know was that Hildebrand should also be remembered for being an early and fierce foe of Nazism. I have started reading a recent publication of his memoirs and writings entitled, “My Battle with

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We Are Not Alone

When looking for inspiration or further challenge, I’ve often searched the homilies of an old friend, Fr. Richard Doerr or his brother Fr. Brian Doerr, both from the Diocese of Lafayette, in Indiana. Recently, I happened to find a website similar to “Practical Catholic Junto,” written by a group of laymen, seminarians, and priests. “Those Catholic Men,” created by Fr. Brian, is a treasure trove of inspiring catholic thought aimed at the renewal of masculine character and spirituality. I’ve included an excerpt from their introduction to whet your appetites: “It is not that we are opposed to the agenda of

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No Catastrophe

What a setback last week turned out to be for those advocates of global warming. The week began with most of the nation gripped in a record setting deep freeze brought about by the Polar Vortex. By week’s end, the world watched while a group of Russian climatologists aboard a research vessel on their way to Antarctica, to prove the ice shelf was decreasing do to global warming, got trapped in the ice. They were finally liberated by US and Chinese ice breakers. Concurrently, The Weekly Standard published a most interesting article entitled, “What Catastrophe? MIT’s Richard Lindzen, the unalarmed

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Reflections on Jury Duty

Several weeks ago I received the dreaded notice in the mail: I had to appear in county court at a given date to serve as a juror. My term of service: two weeks. I had flashback to a similar summons over 10 years ago when I spent a very long day and night in another county courthouse. Admittedly, my first jury experience was a positive one. The accused was clearly guilty (assault and battery) but we nearly ended up as a hung jury. It was a case of 11 confident jurors and one woman who could not grasp the concept

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Seeing Is Believing

I recall an incident, about 15 years ago, when I went to pray at one of the local abortion clinics. I arrived a little before 8 am on Saturday morning – before most of the normal prayer group. This gave me an opportunity to talk with the two side walk counselors who were standing at the edge of a parking lot, near a side entrance. The fact that they had not joined the prayer group at the front entrance was a signal that an abortionist was inside ready to kill babies. They mentioned that he had shown up at about 7:30

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On World War Z and The Council Of Trent

As a general rule, I tend to avoid films starring Brad Pitt. Admittedly, I have difficulty  separating the actor’s  liberal agenda from the character he is portraying on screen.  Additionally,  in the case of Pitt, I’ve just never found him very convincing and believe that his acting ability is overrated. However, with regard to his latest movie, World War Z, I just might make an exception. I happened upon an excellent review of this film by Fr. Robert Barron. I have attached a link to his Word On Fire web page. Please note that this review contains spoilers. http://wordonfire.org/WOF-TV/Commentaries-New/World-War-Z-A-commentary-by-Fr-Barron.aspx  Fr.

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Pray for the Conversion of America

“I come to the world to ask that Russia be consecrated to my Immaculate Heart, and I shall ask that on the First Saturday of every month Communions of reparation be made in atonement for the sins of the world. If my wishes are fulfilled, Russia will be converted and there will be peace; if not, then Russia will spread her errors throughout the world, bringing new wars and persecution of the Church.”   Our Lady of Fatima, July 13, 1917 If the Blessed Mother appeared today would she not change her directive from Russia to the United States of America?

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Say “Yes” to our Heavenly Father, “the Living One, the Merciful One”

The church, led by the Holy Father celebrates the Day of “Evangelium Vitae,” (The Gospel of Life) – the encyclical issued by Blessed John Paul II in 1995.  This is an official part of the observance of the “Year of Faith.”  Pope Francis had an inspiring homily during this morning’s Mass in St. Peter’s Square.  You can find it on the Vatican website, if you search through the list of official celebrations, or go to it directly via the following link, http://www.priestsforlife.org/articles/4660-homily-for-evangelium-vitae-day . We had a wonderful homily by a visiting missionary at our parish this morning but it, unfortunately,

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Why Are We Taking Christ Out in Public?

This last week I overheard comments from a couple of active parishioners (cradle Catholics from generational families of St. Michael Catholic Church) who were questioning the re-routing the Corpus Christi Procession from past years, to include walking to the prayer garden behind the old parish center.  They said that they felt that Fr. Richard’s was trying to force the concept that St. Michael was still a Catholic city.  Their thought was that even though St. Michael had been founded as a Catholic city and that it had been the tradition to have the Corpus Christi procession through the community the

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Catholics in the Public Square: Occupy Wall Street or Occupy Adoration Chapels?

 “The Church cannot and must not take upon herself the political battle to bring about the most just society possible.  She cannot and must not replace the State.  Yet at the same time she cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice.”  (no.28) “The duty to work for a just ordering of society is proper to the lay faithful.” (no. 29) Pope Benedict XVI Encyclical Deus Caritas Est Inspired by the conversations we had regarding, “Stop Wasting the 1st Amendment,” I attended “Catholics in the Public Square” sponsored by the Archdiocesan Office of Marriage, Family

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